Finally! It’s fall! We used our fireplace for the first time a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Most importantly, I’ve been waiting impatiently to bring out my boots and jackets. Who doesn’t love cozying into an over-sized sweater and knee-high boots? Or a jacket with a little faux fur collar? I know I am not alone in these thoughts. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with my fall looks a bit more, trying new silhouettes and styles to find my uniform as the season progresses. I can already tell what I’m gravitating towards: deep tones of green and brown, loafers, and turtlenecks. The shoes have been the most fun aspect of my look to switch up. A great shoe can really change your outfit and mood. And because fall makes me incredibly happy, I’ve done everyone a favor and compiled my four favorite shoes for this season.
The block heeled boot is a new classic. It’s comfortable, it’s stylish, and it just works with everything. The best part is that there is a block heeled boot out there for everyone. Is velvet your new obsession? They make it! What about floral? They’ve got that too. And since the block heeled boot is an easy shoe to wear, I let my outfit be the star of the show. High-waisted jeans and a bomber jacket are a no-brainer. Monochromatic black or red really stand out. I can already tell that this fall shoe will be a favorite of mine.
Thora Knee High Boot • Sam Edelman • $200
kenneth cole reaction Black Time For Fun Brocade Block Heel Boots • Kenneth Cole Reaction • $49.99
Metallic Faux-Leather Block-Heel Boots for Women • Old Navy • $38
tibi Rachel Block Heel Boot • Tibi • $259.97
Strategia block heel boots • Strategia • $324
Women’s Chloe ‘Lexie’ Block Heel Boot • Chloé • $1,325
Chiara Ferragni Block Heel Boots • Chiara Ferragni • $513
Red Wing Heritage Harriet Boot • Red Wing Shoes • $359.99
This might be a controversial choice, but white sneakers are a secret power player this season– if you can keep them clean! Like my trusty block heeled boots above, white sneakers are a wardrobe chameleon. You can slip them on with a dress and blazer, for a look that’s equal parts classy and comfy. If you want a more casual outfit, white sneakers play well with lightweight trousers and a denim jacket. My main tip? Don’t think about it too much! Simply replace the sneaker in your normal rotation with white ones and see how you like it.
Women’s Adidas ‘Stan Smith’ Sneaker • adidas • $60
adidas Originals – Nmd_r1 Rubber-paneled Mesh Sneakers – White • adidas • $130
Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneakers • Superga • $65
Women’s Nike Juvenate Sneaker • Nike • $85
Tretorn – Camden 2 Women’s Lace up casual Shoes • Tretorn • $59.99–85
adidas Women’s Superstar Casual Sneakers from Finish Line • adidas • $79.99
Women’s Balenciaga Speed Mid Sneaker • Balenciaga • $695
Women’s 1.state Waylan Slip-On Sneaker • 1 STATE • $99.95
I could wax poetic about how much I love my classic black leather loafers until the first snow, but I’ll spare you. Sometimes you have to break out of your shell a bit and try something just out of your comfort zone. While one foot stays firmly planted in tom-girl style, loafers with a bit of a fun twist are a nice way to switch it up for fall. I’ve got my eyes on a faux snakeskin pair to jazz up all black outfits. A pair with a bit of embellishment can really take a t-shirt and blue jeans look to the next level.
Merona Women’s Kona Backless Mule Loafers • Merona • $22.99
Alexandre Birman Round-Toe Snakeskin Loafers w/ Tags • Alexandre Birman • $225
G.H. Bass Whitney Weejun Soft Leather Penny Loafers • G.H. Bass • $110
Cole Haan Pinch Campus Penny Women US 6.5 White Loafer • Cole Haan • $50–118
MANSUR GAVRIEL Double-tassel leather loafers • Mansur Gavriel • $475
Steve Madden Sanderson Suede Mule Loafers • Steve Madden • $89
Kensie Gareth Faux Pearl-Embellished Loafers • Kensie • $89
Women’s Dolce Vita Harmony Embellished Loafer Mule • Dolce Vita • $129.95
Minnesotans consider utility boots a necessity once there’s a chill in the air, but they work well for cooler fall days too. You can’t go wrong with an industry standard, like the Red Wing 6inch Moc, but don’t be afraid to try a short motorcycle boot either. The only wardrobe adjustment you need to make here is a nice thick sock– and maybe a pretty plaid coat too.
Red Wing Shoes lace-up loafer boots • Red Wing Shoes • $340
Women’s Kodiak Surrey Ii Waterproof Boot • Kodiak • $169.95
Frye Engineer 8R Boots • Frye • $268
Georgia Boot G3114 Women Round Toe Leather Brown Work Boot. • Georgia Boot • $158.99
Blundstone – 587 Work Boots • Blundstone • $184.95
Reef Voyage LE Boot • Reef • $116–145
RED WING SHOES Boots • Red Wing Shoes • $309
SEE BY CHLOÉ Leather and suede ankle boots • See by Chloe • $395
Top image via Gal Meets Glam
BY Kate Arends - October 19, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.